I’m very privacy-minded. I’ve written quite frequently about securing your browser and network on the Mac. I figure it’s about time to give the iPhone some loving, since there are a number of ways to make sure you have a good experience browsing while keeping things private. Let’s look at so...
Internet trolls are powerless without anonymity: By obscuring their identities behind random screen names, they can engage in hateful exchanges and prey on complete strangers without fear of retaliation. In doing so, they illustrate one troubling characteristic of humankind: People are shi...
Hi, Backchannelers. Steven here. For many years, when people described how the internet worked — whether they were talking about shopping, communicating, or starting a business there — they inevitably invoked a single metaphor. The internet, said just about everybody, was a contemporary...
Some perfectly authentic looking web addresses are not what they seem and not all browsers are taking the problem seriously Here’s a challenge for you: you click on a link in your email, and find yourself at the website https://аррӏе.com. Your browser shows the green padlock icon, confirming...
It may only be a slight exaggeration that companies know more about you than you do about yourself. Fire up your cell phone or laptop if you have any doubts. Companies can predict what you want to buy and show you ads for them. They know your birthday. They can even tell when your teenage daughter i...
Apple has downplayed reports that millions of leaked iCloud logins are in the hands of hackers who could use the information to steal personal information or wipe devices. But sample data seen by ZDNet shows that at least some of the data is valid login information. The blackmail story beg...
Getting a new job, recovering from an abusive relationship, engaging in new kinds of activism, moving to a different country—these are all examples of reasons one might decide to start using Facebook in a more private way. While it is relatively straightforward to change your social media use movi...
Dyn estimated that the attack had involved ‘100,000 malicious endpoints’, and the company said there had been reports of an extraordinary attack strength of 1.2 terabits (1,200 gigabytes) per second. Photograph: Alamy Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchest...
In the kingdom of apps and unicorns, Rossotti’s is a rarity. This beer garden in the heart of Silicon Valley has been standing on the same spot since 1852. It isn’t disruptive; it doesn’t scale. But for more than 150 years, it has done one thing and done it well: it has given Californians a go...
For anyone who is really concerned about keeping their thoughts private there is only one piece of reliable technology: write with a pen on paper, and burn what you’ve written when you’re done. For the rest of us, who want to get things done, there is an inevitable trade-off which we still don...
Internet privacy was once again thrust into the limelight recently when President Donald Trump signed a bill that would allow internet service providers to sell your browsing history to third parties like advertisers. As much as the news rekindled concerns around internet privacy, little has actua...
Zcash’s new cryptocurrency promises complete anonymity In October, I was in a van in Denver with Zooko Wilcox,the CEO of Zcash, a company that was soon to launch a new blockchain-based digital currency of the same name. On the floor next to me was a bunch of recently purchased compu...
Attacker attribution, whether online or physical, is tremendously difficult. In some cases, the attacker or attacker group will claim the incident, but especially in the case of physical or alleged terror attacks, those claims are not always immediate.   This creates a haunting, even more unset...
Karim Baratov poses in front of his house in Ancaster, Ont., in this undated photo. Online, Baratov presents himself as a high-end car enthusiast who made his 'first million' at age 15. (Facebook) 22-year-old Hamilton resident's social media profiles paint different picture than FBI's The FBI allege...
Trolling can spread from person to person, research shows. Credit: blambca/Shutterstock This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. "Fail at life. Go bomb yourself." Comments like this one, f...
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People love using macOS for plenty of reasons: its simple navigability, its built-in suite of creative-minded tools, and y'know, the whole Apple fanboy thing. But the OS's perceived security remains one of the biggest draws for picking a Mac over a Windows device That security, however, may be at ri...
The Universal Windows Platform introduces a walled garden for Windows applications, along with sandboxing to ensure the apps behave Microsoft’s renewed focus on Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is about more than an improved user experience or an attempt to get additional apps into the Windows Sto...
Online abuse has been a problem ever since the Internet was created. But over the past few years, it seems to have escalated—despite the efforts of platforms like Twitter and Facebook to try and control it. And some experts believe it could get worse before it gets better. A new report from the Pe...
Hiring a hacker could reveal security flaws in your organisation. The global cost of cybercrime could reach £4.9 trillion annually by 2021, according to a recent report from Cybersecurity Ventures. Cyber crime incidents continue to plague organisations globally, even as businesses pour money into b...
Your smartphone is surprisingly vulnerable to viruses and malware. But you can protect yourself. More BARCELONA — The smartphone industry has given birth to a vibrant growth sector distinguished by its creativity, drive and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, that sector is malware. Conversations wit...
The problem with our grasp of cybersecurity isn’t so much that we remain dangerously illiterate — it’s that we think we know what we’re doing anyway. The Pew Research Center was a little more diplomatic than that, though, in characterizing the findings of a new survey of Americans’ underst...
The intrusion tools highlighted by the WikiLeaks documents do not appear to be instruments of mass surveillance. So it's not as if everyone's TV or high-tech vehicle is at risk The publication by WikiLeaks of documents it says are from the CIA’s secret hacking program describe tools that can turn ...
On Monday, President Trump signed into law a rollback of internet privacy rules in a decision widely condemned by Democrats and privacy advocates. Opposition to the bill centered on one flawed – though admirable – argument, namely that Corporate America should not be allowed to snoop on peopl...
Plans to keep a record of UK citizens' online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people's browser histories. Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers' devices connect to - including websites and messaging apps. The Hom...
When it comes to internet trolls, online harassment and fake news, there’s not a lot of light at the end of the online tunnel. And things are probably going to get darker. Researchers at the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center asked 1,537 scholars and tec...

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